Major League Baseball suspends Papa John's promotion until after All-Star break, pizza company says

“Regardless of the context I apologize,” Papa John’s founder John Schnatter said Wednesday

Still, an image of Schnatter, the "John" of "Papa John's", appears on a wide range of Papa John's materials, including its logo and pizza boxes.

Schnatter, who has naming rights of the stadium until 2040, supported her decision to remove his name from the stadium, Bendapudi said.

Schnatter has always been the face of the brand, and the company has acknowledged in regulatory filings its business could be harmed if Schnatter's reputation was damaged.

Schnatter is Papa John's brand.

The pizza chain later said it had accepted Mr Schnatter's resignation and that a new chairman would be appointed in the coming weeks. The promotion was suspended after CEO John Schnatter resigned in the wake of racial remarks.

This week, Papa John's was already trying to further publicly distance itself from Schnatter after Forbes reported he used the N-word during a conference call in May.


Every time the Orioles scored five runs or more in a game this season, customers received a 50 percent discount the following day on regularly-priced Papa John's menu items ordered online by using a promo code.

The Marlins also suspended a similar promotion, saying in a statement that Schnatter's "derogatory and insensitive" comments were not reflective of their organizational values and the inclusive environment they seek to provide. "But at the moment, you have to be very decisive and show you take this very seriously", Hollingsworth said.

During the call, he reportedly said "Colonel Sanders called blacks n--" and never faced backlash. He apologized to her, adding that he didn't want to be a "distraction", she said.

University of Louisville President Neeli Bendapudi has announced the university is renaming its football stadium to "Cardinal Stadium", removing the Papa John's sponsorship.

Schnatter also allegedly stated that, in his home state of in, "people used to drag African-Americans from trucks until they died", reportedly intending for the sentiment to convey his opposition to racism.

Papa John's International Inc. began operations in 1984 and had more than 5,200 locations globally.

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